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The Pope Speaks

While I was doing my research before our trip to Italy, I discovered that it was possible to get tickets to an audience with the Pope in Vatican City and that one of those opportunities would occur while we were in Rome. 567 more words


Random Fact: The Vatican

The Vatican City is the smallest country in the world, measuring 44 hectares, or 110 acres, and with a population of approximately 1000 people. It issues its own stamps, coins and passports, the passports being issued to the Pope, cardinals, the Swiss Guard and the clergy.

Random Facts

Swiss Guard Helmets, Castel Sant'Angelo

In a guardroom in the Castel Sant’Angelo preserved as an example of what such a space would have looked like in the 17th or 18th century, a row of steel helmets have been laid out:


Tips on Vatican City

Here are a few tips for a visit to Vatican City.

(1) Get Up Close. If you want to be close to the Pope during one of his weekly audiences, you need to arrive early, really early. 787 more words

Corridor chit-chat.

A nun and a Swiss Guard having a chat on the corridor leading to the Papal apartments at Vatican.

Romantic Roma Day 44 - 47


We stayed in a hotel in Rome – hostels and Airbnb‘s were out of our budget! The hotel was called Seven Kings Relais, and the location couldn’t have been better for us. 924 more words